The Mass Shooting in Boulder, Colorado Killing 10

The Mass Shooting in Boulder, Colorado Killing 10

Bianca Schnerre, Writer

On Monday afternoon, March 22, a gunman opened fire in a King Soopers grocery store, in Boulder, Colorado where people were gathered to shop and receive COVID-19 vaccines. 10 people were killed in the mass shooting including an on-duty police officer. According to Boulder Police Chief, Maris Herold, the 10 victims range in age from 20 to 65. The victims were found in both the store and the parking lot. Authorities identified the victims as: Denny Strong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Eric Talley, 51; Teri Leiker, 51; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; and Jody Waters, 65. Police Chief Herold said officer Eric Talley was the first member of law enforcement to arrive at the scene and according to the arrest warrant affidavit he was shot in the head.

Police said the shooting was reported at about 2:40 p.m. local time. Officers arrived to the report within minutes, entering the store and engaging with the suspect, who was shot in the exchange of gunfire. The suspect suffered a leg wound and was taken into custody at 3:28 p.m. according to the chief. 

The suspect is identified as 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa of Arvada, Colorado. The Boulder County district attorney charged Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa with 10 counts of first-degree murder in connection to the King Soopers shooting and one count of attempted first-degree murder. Each first-degree murder charge contains a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. During Alissa’s court hearing one of his defense attorneys said the defense team would need time to analyze Alissa’s mental health.